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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
98 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance (more life than work to be honest) (in 14 reviews)

  • There is job security - to a certain degree (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work productivity (projects/cases take 3 times longer to complete than they would in the private sector) (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours, poor planning, very reactive (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very positive co-op work term experience

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Depending on the department, I found the job and experience challenging and satisfying. Excellent mentorship opportunities. Enjoyed quite a bit of autonomy and still felt part of the group.

    Cons

    At the time there were fewer younger people working there, so not as social as I would have liked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent employer if you can get a permanent position

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Information Systems Agent in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Regional Information Systems Agent in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work and life balance is very good.
    Salaries are very good depending on your job classification, CS salaries are excellent.

    Cons

    It takes a minimum of three years to be able to get a permanent position.
    Different application of the rules depending on location for job opportunity.
    Too much paper work and not enough concrete actions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst and Researcher in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst and Researcher in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Motivated colleagues, good work/life balance, focussed and valuable work in the public interest

    Cons

    Important to maintain interested by taking on new and frequent challenges. To remain competitive important to continuously upgrade skills and experiences. It is easy to get into a complacent position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Still a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gatineau, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gatineau, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, fabulous immediate management, meaningful work and good compensation. Very good ongoing training and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Heavy workload and currently very high-stress due to budget cuts. Sometimes test unproven strategies on employees. Uncertainty re: the future of benefits and compensation. No bonuses, stock options, and upcoming conflict with unions -- worrisome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually consult with people who understand the reality of our daily work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Government isn't for everybody

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, stat holidays off, overtime.

    Cons

    The old boys and girls club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this present time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cool place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Canada as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Life/work balance and benefits are the best

    Cons

    Change policies everyday, Brucracy, hard to get in

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working environment for scientists and professionnals

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great challenges, good benefits. Truly multi-cultural experience.

    Cons

    Salary below private sector. Very bureaucratic (frustrating) environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro-managing and don't get on the political bandwagon. Be transparent and open.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable but bureacratic. Worth the pension

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Pension and benefits are very good with a good work-life balance. There is ample job security even though some departments are laying people off at the moment

    Cons

    Low morale
    Progression to Management is sometimes based on how long you've been there instead of skills at leading people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micro-manage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Analyst at Government of Canada

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    Former Employee - Socio-economic Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Socio-economic Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In general, the government focuses on "process" so if you're results-driven, it may be difficult to adapt to the work environment. Take things slowly and follow the rules.

    It is an ideal position for someone who wants to have predictable work hours e.g. mothers who want to take care of their children. Another nice thing is that you know your paycheque is safe; although there are no bonuses nor perks, you get paid bi-weekly on time.
    I liked the stability, independence, defined-benefit pensions, and health-care benefits.

    Cons

    I frown at ineffective ways of doing work that's been engrained through generations and generations of government workers. For instance, booking a business trip can easily be done by individual workers, but the government makes its workers make reservations through a third-party private company (i.e. American Express), which just wastes time and resources.

    I also didn't like lack of horizontal and vertical mobility. People tend to stay where they are. Many career opportunities do get posted internally, but they often have restrictions such as "you can only apply if you're within 100 km of a certain city" that make it impossible to move up to another position or move across to another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please devote more time to providing feedbacks to your team rather than getting lost amidst paper-shuffling.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employer goes through waves

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Communications Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good environment. It's not the greatest place for innovation or creativity - I felt a lot of my ideas and contributions were shot down.

    Cons

    Lazy people, government is axing employees at the moment, so low morale. It's a good job if you are used to the 9 to 5 work life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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